Month: March 2016

DIY T-Shirt Yarn

I’m beyond excited about a DIY statement piece necklace that I made for FREE! Yes, FREE!!!! All I used was scissors, a t-shirt my husband didn’t want anymore, a needle and thread. I made the statement piece necklace from t-shirt yarn so in this post I will show you how to make T-shirt yarn. Once you have t-shirt yarn the possibilities are endless. You can make so many different things with it and its free or cheap. Just tell your friends and family to give you any of their unwanted t-shirts:-)


If your t-shirt has any graphics on it that you don’t want on the yarn just cut below it to separate that portion of the shirt from the rest. You will be left with a “tube” that will become your t-shirt yarn.

 

Lay the tube flat, pick a starting point and cut up and parallel to the opening. I chose to make my strip about 1 1/2 inches wide to ensure that my yarn will be thick enough to craft with.

Continue to cut parallel until you run out of t-shirt.

Lastly, pull the strip taut to encourage it to roll over on to itself and not fray.



Easy enough right?!?! Stay tuned for the statement piece necklace. Enjoy!

Easy No Fuss DIY Head Wrap

Who else adores head wraps but are a little intimidated by how to actually do the wrap? (Me!!!) I mean, they are so cute, very stylish, and can fix a bad hair day like non other. I decided to fix that problem for free by making this no fuss DIY head wrap from a T-shirt that I got from my husband. (Go Rockets!) This size is a mens extra large.

 If the T-shirt has any print on it just cut below it to detach the solid color from the top of the shirt. That amount also happens to be the ideal amount of shirt I needed for my hair wrap.
 Once you have cut the bottom portion completely off you should be left with a “tube” that will become your new no fuss head wrap.


You can wrap your hair 3 different ways and even make a mini infinity scarf with your “tube”.

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  1. Mini Infinity Scarf– Place the tube around your neck and loop it 1 time. Adjust the length as desired. 

2. High Knot– Place the tube around your head.Lay it flat around the back of your head and pull the length up. Twist it in one direction to create a “rope”. Coil the rope around itself and tuck in the end.

3. Crown Wrap-Place the tube around your head and loop it 2 times. Lay the first layer flat and gather the other top layer near your forehead to form a “rope” or crown.

  

  

4. Low Knot-Place the tube around your head.Lay it flat around your forehead and pull the length down. Twist it in one direction to create a “rope”. Coil the rope around itself and tuck in the end.

I hope you like this simple but useful DIY. Leave a comment and post pictures of your version of he head wrap. Enjoy!

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Kool-Eggs | Easter Egg DIY

This Easter DIY is super simple and uses things you may already have in your kitchen. When you dye Easter eggs with kool-aid you won’t have the stinky vinegar smell which means the kids will want to help even more!

Materials

  1. Hard boiled eggs
  2. Kool-aid packets (variety of colors)
  3. Containers with 2/3 water
  4. Spoon/scoop

First boil your eggs and let them cool. Put 2/3 cup of water into each of your containers. Empty one Kool-aid packet  into each container. Once you put the eggs in you only need to leave them in the coloring for about 5 minutes. It really doesn’t take long before you start see them change color. Use your spoon or scoop to take them out and let them dry for about 10 minutes and you’re all done! Easy as pie, Enjoy!


  
  

 

 

 

Fancy Pants

There is no doubt that this OOTD is unique, but it embodies the very idea behind Jaided325 Boutique. Jai’s mantra is” vintage meets chic” and this is a wonderfully exciting example of that!

When I first saw these “fancy pants” I knew I had to put them on my body! It’s such a fun piece with so much fluidity and movement. I must admit that I could NOT stop shaking my booty when I had these pants on! They really made it hard to stop dancing. (Ha ha) When you step into the room wearing these pants you automatically own it!  I paired them with a vintage sequin top for added contrast and glamour.

Now lets talk about the fit of the top and pants. The sequin top has a loose fit so it was begging to be tucked in. The pants are sized to European standards so I had to go up a size for them to fit comfortably. The fancy pants also have a pretty high rise and waist which I think works well for my body type. I don’t have an hourglass shape, in fact I’m pretty straight. So high rise pants give me the waist I don’t really have.

If you are looking for truly unique pieces to add to your wardrobe definitely check out Jaided325 in the Art Square Studios at 2315 Commerce.

Happy Thursday,  Enjoy!

 

  

  

 

OOTD |Unique Blazer & Denim Jumper

Any time I get dressed or go shopping the first thing that crosses my mind is “Will this be comfortable?”  This OOTD is not only comfy but it is really versatile.

I adore comfortable jumpers in general but this light denim is just right for spring. It’s on trend with a wide leg opening and has spaghetti straps for a warmer Houston day. I would wear the jumper as is with my converse for running errands and chasing Grant around. If I wanted to take this jumper to a more evening look, I would style it with a unique blazer and a nice high heel (As pictured) .

Let’s give this blazer its own moment! It’s a beautiful navy color, covered in black tassels with black lapels for the accent. This blazer would be a conversation piece any where you go, and especially at a fashion event! This blazer is definitely for the bold woman who has a uncommon fashion style and doesn’t mind standing out. If you are smitten over this click on over to Jaided325 to get this look.

Leave comments and give me your thoughts about this OOTD, Enjoy!

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Denim Jumper & Tasseled Blazer- Jaided325

Shoes-Aldo

 

The Shelby Rose Collection

The Shelby Rose Collection began with a mom of two looking at her makeup pouch and wishing it was something that she loved. Shelby loves dance and over 26 years she has led, choreographed and performed countless times with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets dance team. Even today as an elementary school teacher in Houston, Texas Shelby hosts a dance club for the students that she teaches physical education to.

Only close friends and family knew of another talent that Shelby would soon explore again. Shelby’s grandmother, Rose Marion Pullum was born in 1905 and gave Shelby the first sewing machine she ever owned. Rose taught her how to sew and creating and crafting has been apart of Shelby’s life ever since. At a friends request, Shelby sewed a few throw pillows and it was then that she realized that if she made her own makeup pouch, should would love it much more the the ones she currently owned. Shelby dusted off her sewing machine and explored her creativity in new ways.

Shelby went out and got fabrics that she loved for the pouches that she planned to make. While shopping for fabric she realized that she didn’t love her pouches because the INSIDE was boring! She resolved to fix that problem by using playful sophisticated prints on the outside and eclectic linings on the inside. It was then, that The Shelby Rose Collection was born.

Her handmade pouches come in 3 different sizes and are customizable. They can be used as a pouch as well as a clutch when you’re going out. You can check out The Shelby Rose Collection on: 

Instagram: shelby _rose1905 

 Facebook: Shelby Rose

Pinterest: The Shelby Rose Collection

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The Cusp Fashion Event by Neiman Marcus

The Cusp Fashion Event at Neiman Marcus last night felt like a meeting of the minds for fashionable and talented women! I mean, from the moment I arrived I met so many intelligent women with wonderful things to say. I even found a new BFF! Lol (Hey Lacey!!)


The music was awesome and the fashion was great. Trending for spring right now is anything off the shoulder, lots of denim, wide leg (flare,bootcut) pants, tons of lace, and bright red-orange colors.

 

The panelist for the evening included WNBA star Skylar Diggins, Actress Laura Bell Bundy,  BKR Founder Kate Cutler, and Molly Bernade from the lifestyle blog “A Piece of Toast“.

It was wonderful to hear the story behind the BKR glass water bottles from the founder her self. We often become innovative out of necessity and thats the story behind the BKR bottles. Kate and her partner Tal just felt like they were drinking from trash when they would throw away plastic water bottles after drinking it all. Creating something beautiful that is also sustainable helped them to stay excited about drinking their daily intake of water.


Actress Laura Bell Bundy was hilarious as usual as she explained to us that trying to choose a favorite between tv acting, broadway and signing was like trying to choose a parent. You kind of need them all! Ha ha! Her true love is with performing in general. No need to start picking sides 🙂

 When it comes to fashion, Skylar Diggins can’t go with out a black leather jacket. She was even wearing one last night. It’s a super versatile piece that is never going out of style. The true staple of her wardrobe in her “CONFIDENCE”! Just like one of her style icons Zendaya,  she feels she can wear and do anything if she is confident when she does it.


Rounding out the panelist is blogger Molly Bernade who’s current obsession is off the shoulder tops. She’s hoping they don’t go out of style too soon because of her current “investment” into so many of them. Lol  Her advice to new bloggers is to be original in your voice and content because that’s what others will love about you.


The evening was amazing and I can’t wait until the next event! Feel free to share this recap with other beautiful ladies, Enjoy!

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Vintage Meets Chic

Most fashionistas love vintage clothing but don’t want to look frumpy while they’re wearing it. Jai Jones of Jaided325 has a keen eye for styling vintages pieces with everyday wear to create timeless chic looks.

As a young girl , Jai watched her mother dress in beautiful garments and that adoration soon turned into a passion for fashion. Jai has worked as a stylist and is no stranger to finding the right look by mixing old and new. Jai selects vintage pieces for Jaided325 not based on the age of the garment, but by what appeals to her. She admits that some of her more interesting pieces are for that woman who is bold and wants to stand out. To give that bold woman a one of a kind feel, Jai works internationally to provide exclusivity to her brand and customers.

Jaided325 is all clothing but Jai has a small (big, Ha Ha!) obsession with crazy shoes, hats, brooches  and purses. Every time she steps out you can expect a unique look that you won’t soon forget. Take a moment to check out Jai’s store located at Art Square Studios on Commerce to find your next outfit for any event. Enjoy!

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Styled by Jai Jones: Vintage faux leather high waisted pants paired with a tuxedo style everyday wear vest. 

  
  

Happy FriYaY!

Happy FriYay y’all! My ootd says it all right!?!? We made it to another Friday and it is cause for a celebration. Before you say that we should treat “everyday” like Friday, you must admit that sometimes Fridays feel like a breath of fresh air, light at the end of the tunnel, and guacamole on top of your chipotle bowl! 🙂

A few weeks ago I was browsing the explore tab on Instagram when I can across a cool t-shirt company called Hen&Will. They specialize in adorable kids t-shirts with hip saying and monograms. They had a “FriYay” shirt for kids but I loved it so much I couldn’t pass it up. I messaged the owners to see if it came in adult sizes. It didn’t at first but they assured me they could help get me one soon! Visit Hen&Will online and on Instagram to check out their cool kids wear and get your own FriYay t-shirt. Use promo code “AuthenticallyB” for 10% off your entire order.

The shirt is charcoal gray with white lettering so I paired it with white deconstructed denim jeans. Their are usually two versions of most of my ootd’s. One has a dressy shoe and the other version has a more comfortable shoe for running errands or just for plain ol’ comfort. I would wear my leopard ballet flats to run around and the heels for an outing with friends.

Do you have a Friday “uniform”?  If so, leave me a comment and tell me about what you like to wear to celebrate Fridays! Enjoy!

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Chic and Tapered

It’s fun sharing my hair goals with all of you!  This might sound crazy but as I’m making progress towards my tapered afro, I’m “craving” hair styles that I’m not even close to attaining like bangs and box braids. Ha ha! Every time I see a gorgeous girl with any type of bang or braids it sends me into a mini hair panic. (I know I’m so dramatic, Lol)

Over the last 3 months I’ve seen a tremendous amount of growth with my hair. I can also say that after having really long hair at one point and super short hair now, I am addicted to getting hair cuts. The hardest thing about growing my tapered afro out is staying out of the barbers chair. The top of my hair is about 3 to 3 1/2 inches long now. The sides and back are gradually shorter closer to my ears and the nape of my neck.

I love this tapered style because it’s a chic take on the twa (teeny weeny afro) and super low maintenance. Some view the twa only as a starting point. I’ve come across many naturals that have never considered keeping their natural hair short. To be honest, I did the same thing. When I big chopped, I immediately had visions of a gigantic afro in my mind. While I did achieve that, I didn’t consider all the fun styles I missed out on by growing my hair out right away.

Remember, much like life, having natural hair is a journey. You don’t have to stick to one thing. Feel free to change your hair as often as you change your mind. Don’t forget to leave comments about your current hair goals! Enjoy!

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Spring for Cheap🌻

As we get closer to spring we break out the bright colors, flowers, and airy dresses from out wardrobes, but it doesn’t mean we have to break the bank! Which leads me to this yellow high neck crochet top that I recently found on clearance at Forever 21 for $5 bucks! Yes I said $5! It is pretty good quality for its price and has beautiful details. 

  
I received so many compliments on the shirt when I wore it to an event recently and I couldn’t wait to tell all my fashion friends how much I paid for it. (Ha ha) For the evening I paired it with black wide leg pants because, well it’s too soon for me to fully commit to a complete spring look. Lol 

So here is a tip. When you start looking for new items to add to your closet as new seasons come and go, make you’re first stop the clearance section. You may find beautiful pieces that work for the current season for super cheap. You don’t have to always break the bank to get clothing that you actually want to wear. I hope this tip helps you look great and save some money. Leave me a comment and let me know how you find deals when you’re shopping for new seasons. Enjoy!

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